93 years ago, the war that was supposed to end all wars finally came to a halt after four long years in Europe. And while the First World War, in reality, set the stage for the horrors that would accompany the Second World War, we still set aside this day to remember and honor the men and women who currently serve and who have served our Republic, throughout the history of our great nation.
So today, we at Bruins Nation want to take the opportunity to tell all of our veterans: thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and your selfless dedication to all of us, all of our freedoms, and to our great nation. Thank you so very much.
Today, many will be in uniform, in some far-flung corner of the globe, away from their beloved friends and family. They come from all parts of our great nation. They include Bruins, Bears, Ducks, Wildcats, Sun Devils, Beavers, the Cardinal, Huskies, Cougars, Utes, Buffaloes, and even (hated) Trojans. Shake their hand and wish them well, because no matter what your alma mater is (even if it is hated USC), we are all Americans.
We also want to take note of our great pride in the many Bruins who have served in uniform or who are currently serving in uniform, keeping alive a proud tradition of service to the Republic by Bruins, that includes fellow great Bruins like Jackie Robinson (U.S. Army, 1942-1944), Lynn "Buck" Compton (U.S. Army 1943-1945), and Francis Wai (U.S. Army 1940-1944, Medal of Honor).
So, to all of our current service-members, as well as all of our veterans, thank you for your service. All of us owe you a debt of gratitude that no words can convey and without all of our veterans and their honorable service, our great Republic could not, and would not, exist today.
Thank you so very much.